Thursday, August 23, 2012

National Estuaries Day Events

Are you planning an event for National Estuaries Day?  If so, let us know about it by posting in comments here or emailing Cindy or Rebecca.  

As an annual celebration of critical estuarine habitats, National Estuaries Day is a great opportunity to provide information to the general public but also to engage your local, state and federal politicians in your reserve.  We would like to hear more about what you are doing at your reserve!

National Estuaries Day is celebrated every last Saturday of the month of September - September 29th this year. Here is a little more information taken from the Estuary Education web site -  

  • National Estuaries Day was established in 1988 as part of Coast Weeks, this annual event is the inspiration for all of those who love and care for our nation’s estuaries.
  • The purpose of National Estuaries Day is to promote the importance of estuaries and the need to protect them.
  • It is also the occasion for a public-awareness campaign to inform people from coast to coast about their connection to these beautiful places and how they can encourage its healthy future.
  • Countless National Estuaries Day activities occur nationwide, from photography contests in Florida, canoe trips in Washington, estuary clean-ups in North Carolina, exhibits at state capitals, guided estuary tours in Texas, to festivals in California.
  • Since its inception in 1988, National Estuary Day has strengthened the partnership between the National Estuary Program (NEP) and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The two programs protect more than 50 estuarine habitats that have been federally designated as living resources.
  • Help spread the word that estuaries are vital to migratory species; provide critical habitat for a variety of marine plants and animals; help prevent coastal erosion; are important recreational and tourist destinations; and that estuaries are critical for our future and the health of the oceans. 


  1. At the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, our National Estuaries Day celebration is better known as Punkinfiddle. We'll be enjoying our tenth annual Punkinfiddle, with old-time skills and games, music, food, and fun for families on Sept 22 from 10 to 4. It includes an early-bird beach cleanup, too, before the event gets going. We keep the estuaries link alive with coast-related crafts, an estuaries scavenger hunt, nature walk, and other activities on the "rivers meet the sea" theme.

    Scott -

  2. I should add that we're a week ahead of National Estuaries Day because of a conflicting activity on our calendar on the 29th... but 9/22 is the last day of Coastweek here in Maine.

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